Windows 10 tabbed window feature called Sets has been discontinued according to a tweet from a Microsoft senior project manager.
Sets was going to bring tabs to File Explorer and other Windows applications. An early version of Sets once appeared in Windows Insider builds, but Microsoft pulled it. Now, according to Microsoft’s Rich Turner on Twitter, Sets is “no more.”
Microsoft Sets offered arguably one of the biggest changes to the Windows desktop interface in years, by allowing you to display tabs from different applications in the same window.
After facing a few issues, Microsoft decided to remove Sets tabs from the Windows Insider build, “based on your feedback, some of the things we’re focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today’s build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight.”
When questioned today about when it will be available once again, Microsoft’s Rich Turner responded with ““the Shell-provided tab experience is no more”, but “adding tabs [to the console] is high on our to do list.”
Of course, while many people wanted File Explorer and console tabs—features other operating systems have had for decades—no one really asked Microsoft to make Sets so complicated in the first place.